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It is that time of year where I write my article while on the Year 4 camp at Finniss. The importance of the Outdoor Education experiences that our students take part in cannot be overstated. Outdoor Education offers a myriad of benefits that directly contribute to the overall wellbeing of students, both mentally and physically.

Following a welcome to Ngarrindjeri  country by Uncle Cedric, our outstanding instructors introduced the students to the campsite explaining that this natural classroom is for exploration and adventure. The environment at Finniss fosters curiosity and creativity, stimulates cognitive development and problem-solving skills. Today the boys have ‘safely’ climbed trees, built shelters, experienced aboriginal art lessons and explored the campsite. All of these outdoor activities have encouraged boys to take risks and overcome challenges, developing a sense of confidence and resilience that will hopefully carry over into other aspects of their lives.

Furthermore, Outdoor Education offers valuable opportunities for social interaction and team building. Through the collaborative activity of pitching a tent the students utilise important communication skills, cooperation, and empathy. These interpersonal skills are essential for building strong relationships and navigating social dynamics which are important outcomes of this experience for the Year 4s.

At St Peter’s College the Outdoor Education program is a vital component of a holistic learning experience for the students. As staff it is such a privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of this learning experience and certainly the wellbeing outcomes are significant.

Ben Storer
Deputy Head of Junior School – Wellbeing and Administration